The Phillies have found their groove, and just in time too, as they cap off the weekend by taking 3 straight from Miami.
Zach Eflin was the major talking point in this one, as he tossed a 9-frame gem, limiting the Fish to just 1 run on 7 hits.
IT’S A COMPLETE GAME FOR ZACH EFLIN!— Alex Carr (@AlexCarrMLB) April 28, 2019
Though he could have had a shutout, the defense let him down a bit. That being said, he tossed an absolute gem.
His fastball command was excellent, and his breaking stuff worked every which way.
His final line:
9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
Eflin absolutely dominated the Marlins, staying ahead in the majority of his counts, while also forcing a metric ton of soft, ground-ridden contact. Zach relied on his fastball primarily, only turning to his, albeit filthy, breaking stuff in particular put-away situations. This explains his low strikeout total, which, all things considered, isn’t exactly a negative sight.
In fact, his solitary blemish stemmed from poor defensive sequencing from the struggling Cesar Hernandez, and likely could have been prevented.
The Phillies got off to an early start in this one — after Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura were retired on 5 pitches in the 1st, Bryce Harper worked a lengthy at-bat, ultimately resulting in a walk, and then was driven in on a hot-shot double by Rhys Hoskins, giving the Phils a 1-0 advantage.
They then followed up in the bottom of the 3rd with a Jean Segura triple that plated Andrew McCutchen, and a Bryce Harper groundout, scoring the Hit Machine.
The rest of the Phillies’ production came at the expense of the Marlins’ defense — as a couple of wild pitches yielded two more runs for Philadelphia, totaling a final score of 5-1 in the Phightin’ Phils favor.
The Phillies have won their last 3 in a row, and will hope to continue this successful run into their next series, as they face Detroit at home on Tuesday.
But, first, they’ll take a much needed day off tomorrow, which is well warranted after playing a stressful 17 straight.
Some notable lines in this one:
Jean Segura: 3-for-4, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI
Rhys Hoskins: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI
Zach Eflin: 9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (107 pitches, 77 strikes)